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Slide Presentation from the AHRQ 2007 Annual Conference

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Which is preferable?

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  • Depends on perspective
    • Measure service efficiency if:
      • The services to be delivered are specified
      • E.g. Which hospital should be chosen for CABG?
    • Measure episode efficiency if:
      • Flexibility in the set of services delivered exists
      • Decisions occur at episode level
      • Can hold an entity accountable for the episode
      • Can be used as indicators for entities with broader responsibility (health plan)
      • E.G. Which providers group should manage CHD patients?
      • E.g. Which health plan provides most efficient care for a set of sentinel conditions.
    • Measure population efficiency if:
      • Comparing health plans (or other entity responsible for populations)

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